Luis Enrique wants unpredictable Spain

Elena Summers
September 8, 2018

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos claims his "conscience is clear" following the saga surrounding his game-ending challenge on Mohamed Salah during last season's Champions League final.

The Champions League Final was a memorable night for a number of reasons but it was the incident which involved Mo Salah and Sergio Ramos which remains the major talking point.

"I'm not really concerned about that", he said when asked about the possible reaction towards him from a capacity crowd.

"I know the English fans will treat players as they deserve and I'm not anxious about that in the slightest".

Head coach Luis Enrique has said prior to the Spanish national football team's opening UEFA Nations League game against England this weekend that David de Gea's status as the No.1 goalkeeper remains firmly intact.

The former Barcelona boss takes charge for the first time in Spain's Nations League opener away to England on Saturday after crashing out at the last 16 of the World Cup to hosts Russian Federation. Jurgen Klopp later accused Ramos of flooring Salah "like a wrestler".

With European Championship wins in 2008 and 2012 sandwiching their World Cup success, Spain set the benchmark for some years - but Enrique admits they must hone their craft to return to the summit.

"I really like the appointment of Luis Enrique for that reason", he says.

"The fact we have been a reference over the past decade means that everyone knows our national team", he said.

Now he brings his meticulous, single-minded, dynamic, prickly, all-or-nothing style to the Spain dugout, ready to undergo his first test at Wembley against England on Saturday.

The coach appears to be taking a hard line to try to get "La Roja" back on track after its recent setbacks, imposing strict new rules that include a cellphone ban during meals. "We want it to be enjoyable for the fans".

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